It's September 19, which means International Talk Like a Pirate Day has once again hauled itself over the gunwales and keelhauled the mizzenmast. Or something. To get into the spirit, visit the official website and spend a few pieces of eight on the Pirate Guys' indispensable guide to all things piratical, Pirattitude. Or take the scurvy-dog route and learn basic and advanced pirate lingo on the website, then practice with the English-to-Pirate translator. Over at YouTube, you can see and hear a pirate song one of the Pirate Guys, Cap'n Slappy, wrote "fer the children." (ITLAPD is celebrated on September 19 because it's the birthday of Cap'n Slappy's ex-wife.)
Perhaps you possess a pirate's soul in a landlubbing cube-dweller's body. Fear not, me hearty! Karate Party steps into the breach with a handy Chat Like a Pirate guide for text messages. A few choice examples:
IRBM : I'd Rather Be Marooned ("So...me and my buddies are going to scrape barnacles with our tongues. Interested?" "IRBM.")
POE: Pieces of Eight ("It's all about the POE." "True, brother, true!")
WWLJSPD?: What Would Long John Silver's Parrot Do? (Asked when one is on the horns of an ethical dilemma.)
I would have thought ITLAPD was beneath the lofty academic purview of Language Log, but it turns out those laugh-loving linguists have been following the event since 2003. Drop anchor here to see how they're celebrating this year. Don't miss the annual reproduction of the Corsair ergonomic keyboard for pirates, whose six keys include "R," "!," and "Avast." A corsair, or privateer, was a pirate who operated with the permission of his government. Sound like anyone you know?
Lots more piracy-lunacy links in this Boing Boing post. And the wonderful Wordsmith is featuring words about piracy all week in its A.Word.A.Day feature. (Yesterday: buccaneer. Today: filibuster.) Stop by, subscribe, and consider making a donation to support this excellent web site.
(Remember "a vast wasteland"?)
Image by Richard Winchell.